It is the ladies set against the gentlemen, the lads taking on the lasses, boy bands versus girl groups on the ballroom floor last night as each competitor tapped into their inner tween sensation, Motown great, or fierce lady. The team dances returned as the women faced off against the men. And at the end of the night, the right couple went home.
But I’m getting way ahead of myself. Let’s start with the recap, starting with the couple who scored the lowest:
Nick and Peta (Jiving to The Beach Boys’ “Fun, Fun, Fun”) – Last week’s jazz routine was perfect for the “reality star reject” (his words, not mine) because his awkwardness could be considered a character trait for the dance. This week, his gracelessness is back in full force and it hindered an entertaining jive. Peta did an amazing job with the choreography as it was fun to watch, but it also highlighted how far behind everyone else Nick is. He needs to start showing more improvement fast or he is going home next week. Score: 28/40
David and Lindsay (Argentine Tango to NSYNC’s “I Want You Back”) – The retired MLBer is starting to feel defeated. David is working hard, but doesn’t feel he is improving. His dejected feeling certainly was felt on the ballroom floor. Normally David looks like he is truly enjoying being out there, but that spark was not there. I know he said he was trying to be serious and sexy and it comes off as grumpy, but I’m not so sure that was the whole explanation. The lift was nerve wrecking to watch. I was so worried David was going to drop teeny-tiny Lindsay and she was going to break something. Luckily, we were spared that horror. Score: 29/40
Bonner and Sharna (Rumba to Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way”) – How nerve wrecking was it to perform that dance when Nick Carter is judging you. Bonner did a good job with a very sexy rumba which showcased that palpable chemistry between he and Sharna. The bull rider is showing more improvement this week. He looked so much more at ease with moving his body and showed signs of becoming a leading man. Score: 30/40
Nancy and Artem (Paso Doble to En Vogue’s “Free Your Mind”) – The Olympian was none too thrilled with the song and dance choice since it was done back in Season 5 by Mel B who got perfect 10s. The frustration boiled over into the rest of the week when Nancy didn’t feel like she was getting the dance down quickly. That exasperation was evident in the routine, but she used it and tapped into that inner beotch we all assumed she was back in the 90s. There was a fierceness there I really enjoyed seeing. The cage opening was a little too long and clumsy for me. Score: 33/40
Simone and Sasha (Sambaing to Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor”) – As is the problem with most gymnasts, Simone was having a difficult time finding that inner sensual woman needed for the samba. No matter how many times Sasha told her to “show dat ass” she wasn’t quite feeling the sexy. She still danced a great routine, but there was a mechanicalness to it. Like she was getting the steps done, but not having as much fun with it as she should have. Score: 35/40
Rashad and Emma (Tangoing to The Four Tops’ “Reach Out I’ll Be There”) – The NFLer looked like he was one of the pros as he and Emma danced a great, clean tango. While I do see what some of the judges were saying about Rashad being ahead of the music, I feel like he should have gotten the perfect scores. He owns the dance floor and leads his pro partner like he was born to it. Scores: 37/40
Normani and Val (Salsa to The Pussycat Dolls’ “When I Grow Up”) – Val really came up with a perfect dance for the singer. Normani looked confident and in control while having the time of her life as she led the group of men around the ballroom floor by their noses. Len is really a spoil sport sometimes. His 8 was BS. Score: 38/40
Heather and Maks (Rumba to TLC’s “Waterfalls”) – Great dance, but we all know how I feel about this one. Score: 40/40
Getting to the Team Dances, I really enjoyed the concept for this year. I felt like it was a great way to show off a great range of music while having fun.
Team Boy Bands – Their dance was too much fun for words. I actually rewound it and watched again. While it wasn’t the best dancing, it didn’t matter. It was pure entertainment. Scores: 33/40
Team Girl Group – The ladies didn’t gel quite as well as the guys and I really wish they went more fierce with their dances. Scores: 34/40
After all the fun and gratuitous abs, someone was sent home for the night.
Couples in Jeopardy: Heather & Maks and Nancy & Artem
Heather and Maks
The Glee star is an amazing dancer, but she should have never been invited to do the show in the first place. It is one thing to have singers who also dance a bit, but it is another thing to have a professional dancer masquerading as an amateur.
Next week is movie themed dances as we are down to seven couples.
Talk to me in the comments section. Which dance was your favorite on last night’s Dancing with the Stars? Are you relieved to see Heather go home? Who do you think will get the axe next week?